22 days in Europe Itinerary

22 days in Europe Itinerary

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22 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Curitiba, Brazil
Fly:  18​h
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
train:  7​h
2
Lemgo, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
3
Bochum, Germany
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Rheine, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
5
Hamburg, Germany
— 1 night
6
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  6​h
7
Gdansk, Poland
— 1 night
train:  5​h
8
Lodz, Poland
— 2 nights
train:  8​h 30​min
9
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
10
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
11
Salzburg, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
12
Rothenburg, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
13
Dornstetten, Germany
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  26​h
End: Curitiba, Brazil

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 18th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Natuurgebied Zwanenwater. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at ARTIS, then get curious at Body Worlds, and then take a stroll through Red Light District.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip planner .

Curitiba, Brazil to Amsterdam is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Traveling from Curitiba in December, expect Amsterdam to be much colder, temps between 9°C and 3°C. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lemgo.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Natuurgebied Zwanenwater
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Red Light District ©
Red Light District
Body Worlds ©
Body Worlds

2
nights
Lemgo, Germany

Lemgo ©
Lemgo is a university city in the Lippe district of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, with a population of c. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): examine the collection at LWL-Open-Air Museum Detmold (LWL Freilichtmuseum Detmold) and then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Bueckeburg.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Lemgo online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Lemgo takes 3.5 hours. In December in Lemgo, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 3°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Bochum.

Things to do in Lemgo

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Detmold, Schloss Bueckeburg
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Schloss Bueckeburg ©
Schloss Bueckeburg
Schloss Detmold ©
Schloss Detmold

1
night
Bochum, Germany

Bochum
Once a booming mining city and a critical piece of Germany’s heavily industrialized Ruhr region, Bochum today has morphed into a major hub of the service sector.
For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Bochum road trip planning app .

Drive from Lemgo to Bochum in 2 hours. You will leave for Rheine on the 23rd (Sun).

Things to do in Bochum

Nightlife Parks Outdoors
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2
nights
Rheine, Germany

Rheine ©
Rheine is a town in the district of Steinfurt in Westphalia, Germany. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Emsdettener Venn, then don't miss a visit to Rathaus Osnabruck, then make a trip to St. Marien, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at NaturZoo Rheine. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Freeden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dom Sankt Petrus, and then step into the grandiose world of Berentzen Hof.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rheine holiday builder website .

Traveling by car from Bochum to Rheine takes 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Hamburg.

Things to do in Rheine

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Osnabruck, Berentzen Hof, Freeden, Emsdettener Venn
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NaturZoo Rheine ©
NaturZoo Rheine
Berentzen Hof ©
Berentzen Hof
Emsdettener Venn ©
Emsdettener Venn

1
night
Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg ©
As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Alter Elbtunnel, appreciate the extensive heritage of Speicherstadt, and then see the interesting displays at Miniatur Wunderland.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hamburg trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Rheine to Hamburg in 3 hours. In December in Hamburg, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums Historic Sites
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Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Speicherstadt ©
Speicherstadt
Alter Elbtunnel ©
Alter Elbtunnel

2
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take a stroll through Potsdamer Platz, then explore the wide array of goods at Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe), then get engrossed in the history at Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, and finally meet the residents at Zoo Berlin. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Die Hackeschen Hoefe.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Berlin travel itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Hamburg to Berlin in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Gdansk.

Things to do in Berlin

Zoos & Aquariums Museums Parks
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Zoo Berlin ©
Zoo Berlin
East Side Gallery ©
East Side Gallery
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum

1
night
Gdansk, Poland

Gdansk ©
Although its history goes back a thousand years, Gdansk represents one of Poland's most modern urban centers, its thriving economy boosted by a lively tourism sector.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Stutthof Concentration Camp, then explore the historical opulence of Malbork Castle Museum, then steep yourself in history at Muzeum Historyczne Miasta Gdańska, and finally take a stroll through Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Jelitkowo Beach, then steep yourself in history at Westerplatte, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Church, and finally shop like a local with Mariacka Street (ulica Mariacka).

To find reviews and more tourist information, use the Gdansk day trip planning app .

You can take a train from Berlin to Gdansk in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lodz.

Things to do in Gdansk

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku, Stutthof Concentration Camp
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Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku ©
Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku
Old Town ©
Old Town
Mariacka Street (ulica Mariacka) ©
Mariacka Street (ulica Mariacka)

2
nights
Lodz, Poland

Lodz ©
Nicknamed the "Polish Manchester" because of its largely industrial character, Lodz draws a growing number of tourists with its rejuvenated central districts, which offer shopping, dining, and entertainment.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): stroll through Zoo Safari, see the interesting displays at Central Museum of the Textile Industry, then see the sky in a new way at Planetarium EC1, and finally take a stroll through Piotrkowska Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Reicher Synagogue and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum SGGW.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Lodz trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Gdansk to Lodz in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In December in Lodz, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Bratislava.

Things to do in Lodz

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Arboretum SGGW, Zoo Safari
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Arboretum SGGW ©
Arboretum SGGW
Piotrkowska Street ©
Piotrkowska Street

1
night
Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava ©
Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
On the 1st (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Bratislava Castle, buy something for everyone on your list at Eurovea Galleria, and then admire the masterpieces at Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bratislava tour planner.

You can drive from Lodz to Bratislava in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In December, daytime highs in Bratislava are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Vienna.

Things to do in Bratislava

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum ©
Bratislava Castle ©
Bratislava Castle
Eurovea Galleria ©
Eurovea Galleria

2
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
On the 1st (Tue), admire the striking features of St. Stephen's Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: hunt for treasures at Vienna Naschmarkt, explore the engaging exhibits at Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof), then explore the galleries of Belvedere Palace, and finally take a stroll through Graben and Kohlmarkt.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Vienna online travel planner .

You can drive from Bratislava to Vienna in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Vienna are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Imperial Palace (Hofburg) ©
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

1
night
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): explore the galleries of Mozarts Geburtshaus and then shop like a local with Getreidegasse.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Salzburg day trip app .

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Salzburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 4°C during the day and -3°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Residenzgalerie Salzburg ©
Residenzgalerie Salzburg
Mozarts Geburtshaus ©
Mozarts Geburtshaus
Getreidegasse ©
Getreidegasse

1
night
Rothenburg, Germany

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): browse the eclectic array of goods at Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche).

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rothenburg travel planning site .

Drive from Salzburg to Rothenburg in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, daytime highs in Rothenburg are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Dornstetten.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

1
night
Dornstetten, Germany

Dornstetten ©
Dornstetten is a town in the district of Freudenstadt in Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michaels Kirche and then step into the grandiose world of Castle of Hohenzollern.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Dornstetten trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rothenburg to Dornstetten takes 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dornstetten

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Burg Hohenzollern, Zauberland an der Kinzig, Burgruine Zavelstein, St. Michaels Kirche
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Burg Hohenzollern ©
Burg Hohenzollern
Burgruine Zavelstein ©
Burgruine Zavelstein
St. Michaels Kirche ©
St. Michaels Kirche

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